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"WARMINSTER, a parish, post and market town, in the hundred of Warminster, county Wilts, 4 miles S. of Westbury, and 9 from Trowbridge. It is a station on the Wilts and Somerset branch of the Great Western railway, on the river Willey, and near the south-western boundary of Salisbury Plain. It is a petty sessions and polling town, including the hamlets of Boreham and Bugley. Warminster is mentioned in Domesday Book as Guersminstre, and having been held in demesne by Edward the Confessor paid neither Danegeld nor Hidage. The manor subsequently came through the Mauduits, Hungerfords, Howards, and others, to the Thynnes, of Longleat."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

The historic parish is St Denys.


  • Christchurch, Deverill Road, Church of England
  • St Denys, Bath Road, Church of England
  • St John, Boreham Road, Boreham, Church of England


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Warminster area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Records

  • Common to all parishes is a Key to Abbreviations and a description of Church Records and Indexes for Wiltshire, including a complete Marriage Index for the county.

  • Indexes and registers of the parish church of Warminster, St Denys:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1556-1965, Mar 1556-1999, Bur 1556-1986
    • BTs with gaps from 1608
    • IGI Mar 1779-1895 from BTs Batch M153341
    • VRI Chr 1556-1898, Mar 1556-1906
  • Indexes and registers of the chapel of Warminster, St Lawrence: (in the parish of St Denys)

  • Indexes and registers of the church of Warminster, St John, Boreham:
    (created from St Denys in 1896)

  • Indexes and registers of Warminster, Independent church, New Meeting House, at Common Close:

    • Registers at PRO, piece RG4 3276
    • IGI Chr 1772-1837 Batch C078061
  • Indexes and registers of Warminster, Wesleyan Methodist church of George Street:

    • Registers at PRO, piece RG4 3369
    • IGI Chr 1796-1837 Batch C078071
  • Indexes and registers of Warminster, Presbyterian or Unitarian church, Old Meeting House:

    • Registers at PRO, piece RG4 3768A
    • IGI Chr 1762-1836 Batch C078051

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Warminster which are provided by:
  • 'Virtual Warminster' is a website with information including a timeline and a bibliography.



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Warminster has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST874452 (Lat/Lon: 51.205813, -2.181763), Warminster which are provided by:


  • Population was 6,115 in 1831, 7,660 in 1951.



You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.